In the comments of a previous lesson, some students asked about having another go at la dictée en français. And here it is!
French dictation will help you test your spelling and oral comprehension. If you’ve never done a dictation before, you simply have to listen to the short text in the video lesson and then write down what you hear, en français, to the best of your ability! So, grab your pen and paper, and let’s dive in!
Learning goals: This is what you’ll be able to do after watching this lesson
Beginner: Practice your oral comprehension of French pronunciation
Intermediate: Test your French spelling
Advanced: Use your mistakes to learn more
Bonjour I’m Géraldine, your French teacher.
Welcome to Comme une Française.
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1) Reminders for la dictée en français
Here are the lessons I used for this dictation:
- French expressions with fruits
- How to sound interesting in French
- French grammar: le futur proche
- Gender of French nouns (part 1)
You might want to review the ideas and examples in these lessons before you start.
And a reminder on French punctuation:
- Le point → .
- La virgule → ,
- Le point d’interrogation → ?
In the video above, I read a short text in French. Each sentence is repeated twice, slowly. You can pause or back up the video as needed.
Write down what you hear in your favorite notepad. With the correct French spelling, if you can! Keep your version and save it so we can review together at the very end of the video lesson.
2) Spoilers: notes about the correction
Don’t read this section if you haven’t taken the dictation yet!
Follow along on the video lesson, and then you can come back here.
Are you sure?
So in the text, we talked about several things.
First, la Manche = “the Sleeve” (literally) / the English channel. It’s also the name of un département (an administrative area) in France. As un nom propre (= “a proper noun”), it starts with a capital letter.
Le mont Saint-Michel is a beautiful fortified abbey in a sandy bay. We’ve talked about this famous touristic destination in Normandy before.
Le camembert is a famous French cheese from Normandy.
Julie is a woman’s name, so her adjectives agree with the feminine.
Un anniversaire (= a birthday) gets two “n,” as we’ve seen in one of the practice lessons.
Finally, une bonne poire is a French expression with fruits. It means “I’m a good pear” literally, or “I’m too nice for my own good.”
3) Spoilers for real: the full text
Pour Noël, je vais aller dans la Manche avec Julie. On va manger du camembert et visiter le mont Saint-Michel. J’adore Julie, elle est très intéressante. Elle est passionnée de cuisine française. Je pourrais l’écouter parler des heures !
Si tu veux, on peut se retrouver pour le goûter ? J’ai décidé d’organiser un dîner pour l’anniversaire de mon frère, ce soir. Je suis vraiment une bonne poire, je vais encore aller faire les courses toute seule.
For Christmas, I’ll go to “la Manche” with Julie. We’re going to eat some camembert cheese and visit the “mont Saint-Michel.” I love Julie, she’s very interesting. She is passionate about French cuisine. I could listen to her talk for hours!
If you want, we could meet for the 4pm snack? I decided to host a dinner for my brother’s birthday, tonight. I’m really too nice for my own good, I’m going to buy groceries on my own again.
How did it go? Did you do better than you expected? Be sure to compare your version of la dictée with the corrections above to check out where (or if) you made mistakes.
With the mistakes you DID make, try to learn more in the appropriate practice lesson(s) (you’ll find the links above.) Then, come back to the dictation and try again!
See you in the next video!
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Allez, salut 🙂